Monday, February 1, 2010

Shakespeare's Landlord (Lily Bard Mysteries, Book 1) - Charlaine Harris

Description~
Lily Bard is a loner. Other than the day-to-day workings of her cleaning and errand-running service, she pays little attention to the town around her. But when her landlord is murdered, Lily is singled out as the prime suspect, and proving her innocence will depend on finding the real killer in quiet, secretive Shakespeare.

I think its obvious why I wouldve picked this book up...its none other than Charlaine Harris...our dear maker of Miss Sookie Stackhouse!! I thought that alone would make her other work sit right with me...unfortunately I was wrong :o/

You open the book meeting Lily Bard. She is a house maid and errand runner for a few different people in her neighborhood. You spend a HUGE amount of the beginning of the book just basically going throughout her day! I found myself skimming pages in my ebook and wanting to throw it into my DNF pile!

At this point the only thing interesting thats happened was she witnessed someone getting rid of a body and discreetly calls the police. THEN we go back to her repetitive life as a maid. Now I do understand why Harris did this. Lily had a horrible thing happen to her in her past (tons of rape in one night by many men and almost dieing...followed by her shooting and killing someone) so I think Harris was trying to show us she was skimming by in life blending into the back ground...she was numb to the world. I GET THIS...believe me but does it have to get to the point where her job is 80-90% of the book??? UGH! That killed me...

Well in the mean while someone has found out about her past and is taunting her by leaving scary objects where she is working. This leads her into believing that the killer and her stalker are one in the same. She meets a cop thats sorta older than her but we all know she digs and he starts to join her in the find of the killer. Also we meet her karate instructor thats totally head over heels for her. At this point in the book I was liking it but then yet again it went back to the same junk...her job.

So ya blah blah they end up finding the killer and a love triangle is sorta formed. The end...

Will i try the 2nd one...its a SUPER stretch for me to say maybe so...idk. should you read this...you know Ive read good reviews on this book but when you cant even remember who the killer was and the names of some of the characters you know thats not a good sign so I would think youd be ok with skipping this one! :o)

Sorry guys!

I give this book a total of...






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4 comments:

~ames~ said...

Ok, I'm very intrigued by the love triangle angle. You know me. LOL

But I don't know if I would want to put up with the other stuff, it sounds so menial, especially the day to day stuff.

February 2, 2010 at 6:31 PM
Monroe Dawson said...

Ames-
Well I love the triangle too but idk if its worth it...maybe one day ill read the 2nd one and let you know! ;o)

February 2, 2010 at 6:33 PM
Jill D. said...

I was wondering what Harris' other books were like. Too bad this one didn't work for you. I hate it when that happens. Thanks for your honest review!

February 3, 2010 at 6:02 AM
Monroe Dawson said...

Jill-
Youre very welcome! :o)Im still going to try the Harper Connelly mysteries even though this one didn't do it for me. Ill let you know what I think!

February 3, 2010 at 6:34 AM